Cooperative Agreements

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Cooperative Agreements

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Outreach & Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements

FSA is accepting Outreach and technical assistance cooperative agreements support projects that:

  • Increase access and participation of socially disadvantaged applicants in FSA programs and services.
  • Improve technical assistance for socially disadvantaged applicants related to FSA programs, including loan, disaster assistance, conservation and safety-net programs.


This funding opportunity is available to non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (other than institutions of higher education), Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), and public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, including 1890 land grant institutions and 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities.

Awards will range from $20,000 to $99,999 for a duration between six months and one year. Applications focusing primarily on CFAP 2 will be expedited.  For other proposals, FSA anticipates announcing or notifying successful and unsuccessful applicants by June 21, 2021 and expects to have Federal awards in place by September 1, 2021.

For more information on this cooperative agreement opportunity, and to apply, please click here to view on

What is a Cooperative Agreement?

Cooperative Agreement Definition

A cooperative agreement reflects a relationship between the U.S. Government and a recipient and is used when the government's purpose is to assist the intermediary in providing goods or services to the authorized recipient.

Cooperative Agreement Purpose

FSA’s cooperative agreements are designed to support or stimulate a public purpose with substantive FSA involvement.

Cooperative Agreement Authority

FSA’s authority to enter cooperative agreements includes the:

  • Agricultural Act of 2014, Section 1614(c)(3), with qualified universities or university-based organizations to develop online tools and with State extension services to educate farmers and ranchers; and
  • Rural Development Act of 1972, Section 607(b)(4), as amended, with non-governmental organizations or educational institutions related to outreach and technical assistance.

Available Opportunities

Opportunities currently available for Cooperative Agreements with FSA include:

Partner Resources

In addition to the information on the FSA website regarding its programs, these are convenient links to cooperative agreement-related information: